My kids have spent most of their lives in China, so there are a few American customs they might not be familiar with. I need to remember to coach them through a few of them during the long plane ride home.
- Smacking and chomping with your mouth wide open is not a culturally appropriate way to show appreciation for Grandma’s good cooking.
- Americans leave their shoes on inside. So, please don’t say anything when Great Aunt Ethelbelle walks all over our carpet in her Hush Puppies.
- If you need to go potty, you need to find a real toilet to use. Peeing (or worse) behind the neighbor’s geraniums is frowned upon in the U. S. of A.
- It’s okay – really, truly, honestly – to drink the tap water.
- It’s okay – really, truly, honestly – to flush your toilet paper.
- You will hear a lot of English and see a lot of white people. Try not to gawk.
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